In November 2016 I travelled to the deep southeast of Algeria to explore the Tadrat region south of Djanet, the continuation of the Acacus mountains towards the south inside Algerian territory. This is one of the most picturesque areas of the Algerian sahara, where a sea of sand surrounds isolated sandstone columns and arches. The area is also extremely rich in prehistoric rock art. On my week-long 4WD trip I was accompanied by local Tuareg.
Sand dunes and rocks at Ouan Zaouatan, Tadrart region, Tassili n' Ajjer National Park, Sahara, North Africa
Tuareg baking bread, Tadrart region, Tassili n' Ajjer National Park, Sahara, North Africa
Sand dunes, southern Oued In Tehak, Tadrart region, Tassili n' Ajjer National Park, Sahara, North Africa
TADRART 4WD TOUR, 2016
Starting point for the week-long 4WD tour was the desert town of Djanet, which is (easily) accessible from Algiers with Air Algerie domestic flights. The Tadrart is dotted with prehistoric rock paintings, strange rock formations and lofty dunes of virgin sand.
TADRART ROCK ART
Some fine examples of prehistoric rock art can be found in the Tadrart region. The rock paintings and engravings, closely related to those in the Tadrart Acacus in neighboring Libya, provide a unique record of life in the Sahara thousands of years ago.
This tour in 2016 was organized by Hauser Exkursionen, Germany, and led by German tour guide Egmont Striegl.
Feeling the sensation of emptiness in the desert